- An example of vernacular is English in the US.
- An example of vernacular is medical terms used by doctors.
Vernacular is common language spoken by average citizens of a particular place, or is language used within a particular field or industry.
- using the native language of a country or place: a vernacular writer
- commonly spoken by the people of a particular country or place: a vernacular, as distinguished from the literary, dialect
- of or in the native language
- native to a country or region: the vernacular arts of Brittany
- designating or of the common name of an animal or plant, as distinguished from the scientific name in Modern Latin taxonomic classification
Origin of vernacularfrom Classical Latin vernaculus, belonging to home-born slaves, indigenous from verna, a native slave, probably from Etruscan an unverified form versna, hearth from verse, fire
- the native language or dialect of a country or place
- the common, everyday language of ordinary people in a particular locality
- the shoptalk or idiom of a profession or trade
- a vernacular word or term
- the vernacular name of an animal or plant
- a. The everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language.b. A variety of such everyday language specific to a social group or region: the vernaculars of New York City.
- The specialized vocabulary of a particular trade, profession, or group: in the legal vernacular.
- The common, nonscientific name of a plant or animal.
- Native to or commonly spoken by the members of a particular country or region.
- Using the native language of a region, especially as distinct from the literary language: a vernacular poet.
- Relating to or expressed in the native language or dialect.
- Of or being an indigenous building style using local materials and traditional methods of construction and ornament, especially as distinguished from academic or historical architectural styles.
- Occurring or existing in a particular locality; endemic: a vernacular disease.
- Relating to or designating the common, nonscientific name of a biological species.
Origin of vernacularFrom Latin vernāculus native from verna native slave perhaps of Etruscan origin
- The language of a people, a national language.
- The vernacular of the United States is English.
- Everyday speech or dialect, including colloquialisms, as opposed to literary or liturgical language.
- Street vernacular can be quite different from what is heard elsewhere.
- Language unique to a particular group of people; jargon, argot.
- For those of a certain age, hiphop vernacular might just as well be a foreign language.
- (Roman Catholicism) The indigenous language of a people, into which the words of the Mass are translated.
- Vatican II allowed the celebration of the mass in the vernacular.
(comparative more vernacular, superlative most vernacular)